Humanitarian Disaster in Kenya / Jan. 2008
Monday, December 31st
Following the presidential election violence has erupted in Kenya. President Kibake was swiftly sworn in for a second term after a vote that critics say was rigged. The violence, from the shantytowns of Nairobi to the Atlantic coast has exposed long festered tribal resentment.
The news from Kenya is extremely troubling. We hear about a mob torching a church where hundreds had sought refuge. Witnesses said dozens of people including children were burned alive or hacked to death.
Thousands of people are rioting in Kibera, one of the slums in Nairobi. They are burning and looting and killing. Our office in Kenya is in Nakuru, an area of relative safety. John Mwangi is our director and he gave us this report. Some of our staff in Nakuru is unable to come to work with relatives being killed and others displaced. One of our nurses in Olankasurai (Maasai area of Kenya) had to run for his life and flee to nearby Narok. Over 700 people have sought refuge in churches in the Nakuru area. John has made an appeal to us for help for these refugees. They urgently need food and blankets. Our Nakuru staff is organized to help these poor people who escaped death with just their cloth on their back.
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